Speaking this month we have:
John Pilkington – Pioneers and Bandits: A saunter round Patagonia.
Patagonia – it’s the stuff of dreams. John will talk about the sheepfarming pioneers who, early in the last century, made their homes in the teeth of the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties. Patagonians today are tough survivors but also fanciful dreamers, descended from those immigrants who threw their fate to the wind. He’ll play clips of some of them talking about dangerous sea journeys, followed by efforts to set down roots against almost impossible odds. He’ll talk about Patagonia’s current battles with volcanic fallout and climate change. And he’ll reveal what really happened to two of its most notorious early settlers – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
- http://www.pilk.net/lecture.patagonia.html (John’s talk)
- http://www.pilk.net/book.patagonia.html (John’s book)
- http://www.pilk.net/resources/audio.patagonia1.mp3 (Radio 4 programme 1)
- http://www.pilk.net/resources/audio.patagonia2.mp3 (Radio 4 programme 2)
Jane Wilson-Howarth – Nepal adventures
You heard Dr Jane Talking of poo and parasites earlier in the year, now hear about her experience of living and working in Nepal for six years, and enjoy some vicarious trekking without getting breathless. Jane Wilson-Howarth’s talk will cover the time described in her memoir A GLIMPSE OF ETERNAL SNOWS.
London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.
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